December at Film Misery is Fred Astaire Month!


Career appreciation gets back into gear this month after a brief hiatus (my apologies to William Wyler). Things will kick back into gear with an entire month dedicated to the illustrious career of the great Fred Astaire. This is the first Career Appreciation I have ever done for a non-filmmaker and I’m very excited.

Whenever I get the question posed to me “who is your favorite actor?” I first ask for the clarification – current or all-time? If all-time is specified then my answer is always Fred Astaire. Now I’m not going to argue that the debonair dancer was the most versatile actor of all-time, or that he did anything to revolutionize the craft of acting. However, I challenge you to pop in an Astaire-Rogers escapist masterpiece and not be filled with childlike delight. He is one of the most loved characters on and off the screen and I will never tire of watching his fast-tapping feet.

Throughout the month I will be reviewing his films and posting clips from my favorite Fred Astaire moments (and there are oh so many). Again I always encourage any user input on the subject. If you have a review to contribute, please submit it to

I will be reviewing the following films over the month of December:

  • Shall We Dance
  • Royal Wedding
  • Holiday Inn

I’m looking forward to a great month of dancing and frivolity. For now head on over to the Career Appreciation page and vote for your favorite Fred Astaire film!

  • I must say that I am delighted that you picked such a worthy performer for your Career Dedication. He is also my favorite. This dedcation is very timely since 2009 is the year that he celebrates his 110th birthday and the 75th Anniversary of his partnership with Ginger Rogers. A number of enthusiasts have commemorated these events, and they are posted at Your efforts will be included so that the community of interested people will be aware of them. I am looking with anticipation to what you write.

  • Maria

    Page just added to bookmark because, a Fred in the previous comment, I’ll be looking forward for your december entries about my favourite actor.
    And you are right about Astaire-Rogers’ movies, I think it’s impossible to put any of their movies and not feel a warm and happy sensation watching it.

  • Rose Mary Palmer

    I;m just thrilled for December. Thankyou so very much for this
    I have been a Fred and Ginger fan sence te 30’s. He was the inspiration for me to dance. If they could only see the opportunity of clothes now…The girls look like.well, you know and the men like.well the other half. and the “dance is more arobic than fluid with purpose. Its a shame too.

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